Rain or Shine Homemade Ice Cream Ltd

Restaurant type

  • Ice Cream Parlor,
  • Dairy Bar,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian,


  • Ice Cream,
  • Sorbet,
  • Frozen Yogurt,

Products and Services

  • Ice Cream,
  • Sundaes,
  • Shakes,
  • Ice Cream Cakes,
  • Kitsilano,
  • Vegan Ice Cream,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
102-1926 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

Meet the owner

It’s mid-afternoon on a dreary February day, but that doesn’t stop the steady flow of customers at Rain or Shine Ice Cream on West 4th. Husband and wife team Blair Casey and Josie Fenton launched the Kitsilano ice cream emporium back in 2013, and opened a second location in Cambie Village in 2015. The sweet couple had a sweet tooth and a love of ice cream, but couldn’t find any local shops selling pure, locally sourced frozen treats. They were daunted by the ingredients found in grocery store ice cream. “We try to eat healthy foods, why can’t our ice cream be healthy too?" Josie says. "We thought, let’s purify!”

Josie and Blair started making their own ice cream, churning at home and experimenting with flavours. They hosted tastings with friends, who loved the product and encouraged them to open their own venture. The pair had wanted to go into business together, and this was the perfect opportunity. Josie, a teacher, is the ideas person. Blair, a former businessman, is the practical one. When asked about mixing their personal and business lives together, Josie smiles. “It’s worked out well. It’s been fun, and rewarding.”

The name Rain or Shine felt “symbolic of Vancouverites,” Josie notes. It also had the optimistic tone they were after. Although a seasonal business to some extent, the lulls aren’t steep. There are rarely empty spells at the counter, even in the middle of winter. Besides, whoever said ice cream is just for summer?

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Here's the scoop: Ice cream shops in Vancouver

Here's the scoop: Ice cream shops in Vancouver

This upbeat, sunny little shop along 4th Avenue is an excellent place to stop for your ice cream fix. With a solid list of “keepers” — flavours always on offer like salted caramel, London fog and blueberry balsamic — as well as a rotating list of “seasonal flings,” all this frozen dairy goodness is made from local ingredients. Top your cone with foodie-worthy sauces (fig balsamic reduction, lemon olive oil), or turn your cone into a shake for a drinkable treat.

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Outrageously good ice cream sundaes in Vancouver

Outrageously good ice cream sundaes in Vancouver

You don’t need sunshine to enjoy one of Rain or Shine’s sundae creations. Vegan and traditional options are always available, as well as a wide range of toppings and sauces so you can mix-and-match sweet confectionary to create your own sundae masterpiece. Try vegan chocolate sauce, lemon olive oil or their to-die-for waffle cone pieces. No matter what accompaniments you pick — traditional or unorthodox — all sundaes are tied together with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

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Where to find Vancouver’s most Instagram-worthy desserts

Where to find Vancouver’s most Instagram-worthy desserts

Even on the greyest days, it’s hard to resist the temptation of a waffle cone. With locations in Kitsilano and Cambie Village, Rain or Shine is an all-weather favourite among sweet-toothed Vancouverites. Peanut butter, London fog and salted caramel are on the list of always-available classics, while rotating flavours like apple cider and pumpkin pie can be found on a seasonal basis. Order a classic cone or a taco-style ice cream sandwich (available on Tuesdays) and take a photo in front of the signature lavender patterned wallpaper – the inverted ice cream cones that resemble raindrops!

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